Queen's University

Dr. Marc Epprecht

Professor, Cultural Studies Program, Department of History, Department of Global Development Studies
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I am a professor in the Departments of Global Development Studies, History, and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. I am the 2006 winner of the Canadian Association of African Studies Joel Gregory Prize for my book Hungochani: The History of a Dissident Sexuality in Southern Africa. In 2009 I was awarded the Desmond Tutu Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Sexuality in Africa. I received my PhD in history from Dalhousie University. Prior to teaching at Queen's, I taught at the University of Zimbabwe.

"My most recent book is Welcome to Greater Edendale: Environment, Health, and the History of Development in an African City (MQUP, Nov. 2016) 

Research Interests:

Social history in southern Africa, especially the colonial era; gender and sexuality more broadly, especially cultural constructions of non-normative sexualities (lgbti, msm, wsw, etc) and contestations around masculinities; HIV/AIDS; environment and health, especially in urban contexts in South Africa; contestations over development throughout Africa but especially Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, and KwaZulu-Natal; pedagogy for development (e.g., methods and ethics of work-study abroad programs); the politics of public history.

Supervisory interests:

Anything that falls within the broad parameters above. Examples of graduate students and topics include:

Most Recent Project

Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa

Based on pioneering research on the history of homosexualities and engagement with current lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, I provide a sympathetic overview of the issues at play and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.

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Other Projects

  • Hungochani, Second Edition

    In the tapestry of global queer cultures Africa has long been neglected or stereotyped. In Hungochani, I seek to change these limited views by tracing Southern Africa's history and traditions of homosexuality, modern gay and lesbian identities, and the vibrant gay rights movement that has emerged since the 1980s.

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  • Heterosexual Africa?

    Heterosexual Africa? aims to understand an enduring stereotype about Africa and Africans. It asks how Africa came to be defined as a “homosexual-free zone” during the colonial era, and how this idea not only survived the transition to independence but flourished under conditions of globalization and early panicky responses to HIV/AIDS.

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  • Matariki Network for African Studies

    The Matariki African Studies network is intended to foster partnerships in research and grant applications/publications, to provide opportunities for students to share their research, and to build a connection with industrial contacts from various fields.  This year, the workshop, themed Reimagining Global Solidarities for LGBTQI “Empowerment” in Africa, brought together scholars and activists from the LGBTQI community to share ideas and deliberate on the rights of LGBTQIs especially in Africa.  The workshop sought to understand what the African situations of LGBTQIs are, and how persons who identify as LGBTQIs can access and realise their fundamental human rights, not only within Africa but outside of the continent.

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